Bends in Rhythm Playing

by Darius Wave

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  • Welcome to the Bends in Rhythm Playing lesson !

    This time we'll go through a few patterns for bends being used in a rhythm guitar playing. Those patterns are mostly taken from a classic rock, but some of modern players do use them within more modern guitar playing as well. Besides typical bend execution, for classic rock, the "1/4 wholestep bend ornament" was probably the most common one. The idea is to start the bend but break it, before it reaches the pitch of next note/half-step. To get some more info, go through the comments below each part.


    Gear used (in order of connection chain placement):

    1. SX SST57 guitar (JB Junior bridge pickup)
    2. Presonus Inspire 1394 firewire audio interface (input gain 40%)
    3. Poulin LeXtac vst plug-in:
    - Channel - blue
    - Input 50%
    - Gain 70%
    - Pre EQ - brighter
    - Bass 50%
    - Middle 40%
    - Treble 50%
    - Contour 100%
    6. Kefir impulse loader (mix 100%)
    7. Impulse - Catharsis s-preshigh

    Tuning - Standard E

    Backing track progression:

    4/4
    ||: Am | Am | Am | Am G :||

    D | D | D | D c |

    Am | Am | Am | Am G |

    F | F | E | E | D | D | D | C G/B |

    F | F | E | E | D | D | C | G/B |

    ||: Am | Am | Am | Am | Am :||

    D | D | D | D | E | E | E | E9#||







    Tempo: Main song tempo is 170 bpm. There are backing tracks available at 70, 100, 130, 150 and 170 bpm.

    Time signature: 4/4

    Scales used in this lesson:

    A-minor




    A-harmonic minor







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